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Planning: Travelling People

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which regional spatial strategies are being reviewed in relation to provision for sites for Gypsies and Travellers; and when he expects each such review to be completed. (282927)

The following regional spatial strategies are being reviewed to address the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers.

North-west, Regional car parking standards, Gypsy and Travellers and Travelling Show people, review scheduled to be completed by 2010;

Yorkshire and Humber, review scheduled to be completed by 2011; West Midlands phase 3, review scheduled to be completed by 2011;

East of England, Gypsy and Travellers alterations, review scheduled to be completed by 2009;

South-east, Gypsy and Travellers alterations, review scheduled to be completed by 2010;

South-west, full review, date of completion to be confirmed: and

London, full review scheduled to be completed by 2011.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the 2006 baseline requirement for Gypsy and Traveller pitches is in each region; and what requirement for such pitches for the period 2006 to 2016 has been included in each (a) finalised and (b) draft regional spatial strategy. (282928)

There is no baseline requirement for Gypsy and Traveller pitches.

The pitch figures included in RSSs are informed by Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments (GTAA) which are prepared by local authorities and fed upwards to the regional planning body which drafts the RSS.

The timescale for the delivery of pitch numbers contained in RSSs varies from region to region, but they typically reflect a need over a five year period.

The pitch numbers contained in each draft and finalised regional spatial strategy are set out as follows:

Draft Regional Spatial Strategies

North-west, partial review, pitch figures being worked up.

Yorkshire and Humber, full review, pitch figures being worked up.

West Midlands, phase 3, pitch figures being worked up.

East of England, partial review, 1,237 pitches.

South-east, partial review, 1,064 pitches.

South-west, full review, 1,672 pitches.

London, full review, 768 pitches.

Finalised Regional Spatial Strategies

North-east, full review, 166 pitches.

North-west, full review, no pitch figures.

Yorkshire and Humber, full review, 255 pitches.

East Midlands, full review, 883 pitches.

East of England, full review, no pitch figures.

South-east, full review, no pitch figures.

London, full review, no pitch figures.